The Best Decision I Ever Made

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 16, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

Anthony Goods, ’09, was a four-year letterman on the Stanford basketball team and started 87 games. He ranks 12th all-time in minutes played at 3,079. Twice, Goods was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. The sharpshooting guard from Corona, California, was a dangerous 3-point shooter and hit 206 treys during his career, fourth most in school history. His 565 three-point attempts rank first all-time at Stanford. Goods scored in double figures 65 times and averaged a team-high 16.5 points as a senior, pouring in a career-best 26 points against Washington. After completing his degree in Communication, Goods turned professional and has spent the past five years playing overseas for teams in France, Israel, and Ukraine. In 2014–15, he will play in Ludwigsburg, Germany, where he will be coached by former Cardinal standout John Patrick, ’92.

By Anthony Goods

As I look back on all my experiences and accomplishments, the decision to go to Stanford was the best decision I made in my life. When most think about Stanford, the first thing that comes to mind is the education. A Stanford education is second to none, yet the relationships you develop are the best of the fringe benefits. Nothing compares to the lifelong friends I have made. Playing basketball during my experience ended up being icing on the cake.

My four years on the basketball team at Stanford allowed me to develop a brotherhood with a very diverse group of individuals. I was able to witness Lawrence Hill, ’09, build a computer over the course of a year while he single-handedly managed an ant farm without neglecting the upbringing of his pet rats. The Lopez twins had the ability to sketch Picasso-like drawings on tennis shoes, read a comic book, and cruise into a double-double all within the span of a game day. Drew Shiller, ’09, MA ’10, was a walking ESPN ticker and DaVeed Dildy, ’10, was a sitcom on legs. I have never been around such a wide range of personalities, yet in all honesty, I’ve never been around a smarter or more ambitious bunch.

The demand that sport places on a student combined with the rigor of academic expectations was overwhelming at times, however, misery loves company. Struggle brought us closer as teammates and made success that much sweeter. We supported each other in any way possible. Whether Mitch Johnson, ’09, had to remind me about a tutoring session in between workouts or explain to a freshman the meaning of Dead Week, we did what was necessary to keep us afloat. Times weren’t always good, as the mixing of personalities and bad habits would have made an award-winning reality show starring Lawrence Hill, Brook and Robin Lopez, and Coach Johnson. Nevertheless, we found a way to make it work all the way to the Sweet 16 in 2008, which was definitely one of my proudest moments.  

As a proud alum, it gave me great pleasure to watch this year’s team return to the Sweet 16 and put Stanford back into the national conversation. My basketball career brought me to the French league this season, so I had to sacrifice a lot of sleep to coach this Stanford team from my television, but it was all worth it. During their run, it was beautiful to see the support from the Stanford fan base/alumni. The team made us all proud to be from such a wonderful place. There’s no better end to a great season than watching two of our own, Josh Huestis, ’14, and Dwight Powell, ’14, get selected in the NBA Draft. Next season will surely bring similar success as we have reloaded with talent on the court in addition to the support off the court from the fans. 

The last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Stanford sports from countries such as Ukraine, Italy, Israel, and France. This season, I will be watching from Germany. I’ve run into many teammates and classmates from Stanford while I’ve been overseas and it is remarkable how much respect Stanford has all over the world. My coach this season is also a Stanford basketball alum—John Patrick—which means there will be big support from the city of Ludwigsburg, Germany.  

If my travels post-Stanford have taught me one thing, it’s that you can never take for granted the people that enable your life to be easier. The Buck/Cardinal Club has created a special environment for Stanford student-athletes to become successful. The generosity of all of the donors and supporters of Stanford University help make this school the prestigious, world-renowned institution that it is. I stop by campus at least once a summer, and each time I am impressed with the advancements Stanford continues to make. The greatest gift I’ve ever received was a scholarship to this wonderful university, and I am forever thankful to Mr. Arrillaga for being my scholarship donor. I’m sure I echo many other Stanford students’ sentiments when I say thank you to all who have donated! Your gifts affect the entire Stanford community and ultimately change lives for the better. Thank you again and Go Card!

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